This film is about a new manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers and how he was able to somehow energize the team enough to make them contenders--though the film didn't seem to indicate exactly why this was the case other than they bought a few hot prospects. In fact, up until the end of the film, it was very odd for a baseball film because it showed so little on-field action. Because of this, some of the actors playing the ball players didn't have to have any skills for the game and several looked nothing like athletes. Or perhaps this COULD just be a comment about the Dodgers of 1942--as most of their stars were fighting in the war! However, this is a rather mild complaint--more of an observation, as I was hoping for more on-field action.
Despite this, it was a moderately enjoyable B-movie starring Lloyd Nolan and Carole Landis (in a less recognizable dark hairdo). The story was entertaining and the acting competent. However, because there have been so many baseball films over the years and because this one isn't particularly outstanding in any way, then it's quite easy to skip and falls into the "time-passer" category. Now this isn't saying it's a bad film or that you should skip it, but there are simply better baseball movies out there as well as many that are of about equal entertainment value.
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